What they said at the Masters - Third Round

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Augusta, GA (Sports Network) - Peter Hanson was brilliant on Saturday.

He fired a seven-under 65 for the 54-hole lead at the Masters. Hanson is nine- under, with Phil Mickelson lurking just one stroke behind.

The two have some history.

They played together the first two rounds alongside Hunter Mahan, and Hanson and Mickelson were paired together in one other rather significant golf tournament.

Hanson and Mickelson faced each other in the singles of the 2010 Ryder Cup.

"That was hard, because the day before we played, he actually got the worst Ryder Cup record in the history of wins/losses," said Hanson. "He came out so hungry and desperate to win, so he started off with four straight birdies and just killed me by 3 & 2. I had no chance."

It was actually 4 & 2.

Hanson is well aware of who will be in the final pairing with him Sunday at Augusta National. It's a three-time Masters champion, who has become the new face of the tournament.

"He would be the big-time favorite to win, so I kind of see myself still as a little bit of an underdog," said Hanson. "So just see what happens."

Here's what other players were saying after the third round of the 76th Masters:

- PHIL MICKELSON, who sits just one off the lead, on his spot in the final pairing on Sunday at the Masters: "I love it here and I love nothing more than being in the last group on Sunday at the Masters. It's the greatest thing in professional golf."

- LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN, who is third, on what Augusta National felt like on a spectacular Saturday: "You could hear the roars all over the place. So it was really nice to be out there and I think it's going to be the same tomorrow."

- RORY MCILROY, who began the day just one off the lead, on what happened during his five-over 77 on Saturday: "I just couldn't hit any fairways. When you can't hit fairways around here you make life a lot more difficult for yourself."

- BUBBA WATSON, who sits only three back, on his excitement to get back and see pictures of his new son, Caleb: "My wife sends me pictures of him and what he's doing. He's not doing much. He's just laying there."

- PADRAIG HARRINGTON, the three-time major winner, debating how much of a slump he really is in, despite falling to 96th in the world rankings: "I've won more majors than anybody else in the last five years, so in terms of, 'it's been a while,' not really, when it comes to majors."

- TIGER WOODS, the four-time winner, who dropped and kicked a club in frustration on the 16th hole Friday, offering something of an apology for the tantrum on Saturday: "Certainly I'm frustrated at times and I apologize if I offended anybody by that. But I've hit some bad shots and it's certainly frustrating at times not hitting the ball where you need to hit it."

- LUKE DONALD, the world No. 1, on the disappointment of not contending after a three-over 75 on Saturday and finishing at plus-seven: "There's nothing worse than waking up on Sunday and knowing that whatever you do it's not going to be good enough."

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